teas for asthma relief
Hey everyone! I am hoping to get some feedback on what teas help relieve asthma symptoms- I’m desperate! Thanks for your input:)
Tea is not medicine, you should see a doctor or an herbalist
Thank you so much for your concern. I have been seeing countless doctors for a number of years. I know that tea does NOT replace medicine. I am currently taking about ten different prescriptions for my asthma, but was hoping someone would be able to suggest some teas to simply soothe my breathing issues. Thanks for your help and good day
My mom started giving me black tea when I was 3 because the doctor thought it might help a little bit with my asthma, which was quite serious at the time. It’s very mild most of the time now. I’m not entirely sure if the tea helps, but I do often notice myself productively coughing more after I have a nice strong black tea – I still take it with milk and sugar. I’m not sure which way the causality goes, so I can’t be sure it’s helping, but I’d guess that it is.
I’m pretty sure that’s disputed. In any case, I know it’s not what’s going on here. I don’t use all that much milk in the tea, maybe 10%, and I don’t really even notice a link with mucus when I drink a cup of milk.
In any case, plain white tea gives me the same effect, and often even stronger.
Thanks for your input. I have been drinking Breathe Deep by Yogi Teas, but it doesn’t seem to help much. I’ll have to try other black teas.
I do not know of any true tea that is supposed to help with asthma. But I do know that Rooisbos and Alfalfa are supposed to be good for allergy relief. (this is relevant because my asthma is allergy related, I have no clue if yours is) But I do not depend on tea for my total allergy relief.
Asthmatic myself since childhood (now healthier to the point where I don’t take a daily med) – I have to point out that it isn’t “tea” that will specifically help, it’s caffeine that eases the symptoms. It creates a temporary adrenaline “rush” that keeps inflammation down, but it’s only temporary and won’t ease symptoms if you’re already in extremis. Ted Roosevelt was known to drink coffee for his asthma on his doctor’s orders, back before we had corticosteroids and synthetic adrenaline available.
There are teas higher in caffeine and comparable to coffee if you’re not a coffee fan. Maté is a good alternative and is one of the higher-caffeine choices. Find a type of tea that you enjoy and let it brew strong on the first steep.
My local Herb Lady has often suggested several teas for several issues. Breathing issues was one…minty things help – Peppermint, Spearmint, Eucalyptus, etc. Yogi, Traditional Medicinals, are two brands that come to mind…but yes, I would seriously talk to a Herb Expert and be upfront with him/her as to which medicines and prescriptions you are taking because some may interfere/interact with certain ones…they will be able to tell you which is best…
A friend of mine swears by mullein (which she sometimes sells in her etsy shop as a tincture). She says that she’s been able to decrease her use of her inhaler since she’s started taking mullein.
Of course, I would strongly suggest that you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before trying this (or any) herbal remedy!
(Oh, and my friend’s esty shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/omshanti – she doesn’t appear to have any in stock atm, but you could always convo her if you’re interested to see if she has any. She’s a delight, and I LOVE her body scrubs).
I have asthma as well. These past years it advanced quickly and dramatically that the first thing I would do when I woke up was to use my nebulizer machine. I would often get up two-three times sometimes up to five times during the nights because of coughing and shortage of breath. Whenever I would come home from school I would use my nebulizer machine as well as my proair. It was the most horrible three years of my life. Even just walking for a minute would trigger my asthma. I’m from Turkey but live in America with my family. I haven’t been to my home country for seven years because of school and all. So when I went for the first in seven years to Turkey in the summer of 2015 my mom wanted Turkish doctors to take a look at me. And boy was it the best decision we ever made. My doctor did the usual checkup for asthma and gave me medications (Turkish medication I don’t think they have the same ones in America, the names are Levmont and Foster). It has been nine months since I started taking them and I haven’t used my nebulizer machine nor my airpro ever since. What I want to say is that maybe you should ask about these medications to your doctor. Maybe they have similar ones in America and it could help you. I know how bad asthma can be as I had to go through it for three years. Hope this helps and you get better!
I am curious to know if you are able to obtain those medicines here in America or if you have to go back to Turkey for them. I have asthma as well, mine was work related asthma, not childhood asthma. It is also possible that those medicines exist here under different names. Sometimes, however other countries will have medical treatments that just are not approved here by the governing bodies of medicine.
Foster (Fostair) has US equivalents. Couldn’t find Levmont. If you find them be prepared to make a house payment equivalent if you don’t have a good prescription plan.
I find sheng often has a lung opening sensation for me.
It would make sense that sheng would do that to some extent, caffeine is a broncodiltor.